Bhubaneswar, September 16 (LocalWire): Despite periodic awareness and sensitisation campaign to tackle cases of witch-hunting, the abominable practice has claimed two more lives in Bolangir district, taking the toll of witch-hunting related cases in Odisha to 29.
The deceased couple has been identified as Chintamani Bariha (55) and his wife Rukmini Bariha (50).
The police recovered their body near a hillock in Chitikamal village under Laramba police station of the district and sent it for post mortem.
The bodies were in the decomposed state suggesting that the murder might have been committed 48 to 72 hours ago.
“We suspect that the double murder is related to witchcraft practice,” sub-divisional police officer Suresh Nayak said.
While the police have been undertaking anti-witchcraft campaigns from time to time, there seems to be no letup in witchcraft-related violence in the district.
Experts point out that such incidents occurring due to poverty, family disputes, blind beliefs and lack of education.
“The tantriks or the witch-doctors in these areas are also the troublemakers who motivate and convince the gullible tribals to brand a woman or a man as a witch,” the police officer said.